The White House Correspondents dinner was a flop. President Trump didn’t bother to show up. Even Stormy Daniels refused to make an appearance.
Her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, attended, however. He’s enjoying the Daniels scandal more than anyone. He’s become adept at thrusting himself into the spotlight. During a red carpet interview with White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and senior adviser Kellyanne Conway, Avenatti laughingly photobombed them.
Avenatti mugged for the camera for about 20 seconds. Sanders and Conway had no idea that he was behind them.
“[Trump] obviously appreciates this type of format… at the same time I predict confidently… that next year he’ll have more economic and security news to tell – so he’ll probably be out there among the folks who want the President to visit their community,” Conway told CNN.
CNN gave Avenatti a chance to voice his complaints moments later.
“I think it’s entirely disrespectful… I think it’s disrespectful to the first amendment. I think it’s disrespectful to the constitution. I think it’s disrespectful to one of the founding principles this nation was founded on,” Avenatti fumed after he was asked about Trump’s absence.
Trump and Avenatti are tangling over Daniels. The former porn star was paid $130,000 to keep quiet about an alleged affair with Trump. She couldn’t keep her mouth shut for more than a few months, she blabbed about the affair almost immediately.
Daniels filed a lawsuit in an attempt to invalidate the nondisclosure she signed. The entire mess probably would’ve faded from the public consciousness by now if Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, wasn’t being targeted by federal investigators. Cohen is the one who paid Daniels the hush money.
Trump says that he had no idea about the payment. If that’s true, Cohen possibly violated campaign finance laws.
Avenatti’s ploy for attention was the most interesting thing to happen at the event.
— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) April 29, 2018
(Source: Daily Mail)